Mills: regrets attack against Faf Du Plessis

2012-02-28 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The rancour created by New Zealand’s verbal attack against Faf du Plessis during last year’s World Cup quarter-final against South Africa seems to be over.

Moments after Du Plessis was involved in the run-out of AB de Villiers in Dhaka on March 25, the drinks break in the match saw Black Caps 12th man Kyle Mills launch a vicious tirade against him.

Du Plessis responded in similar fashion and both players were fined and reprimanded.

Fast bowler Mills admitted yesterday in Napier that he wished the incident had never happened. Far from being a tactic to demoralise the South Africans, Mills said, it was a spontaneous moment and one he wished had never taken place.

“That incident is one of the biggest regrets of my career. It was the combination of a lot of things, largely the emotion of it being my second World Cup and being injured for such a big game. I apologised to Faf that evening. We were staying in the same hotel and I went to his room and said sorry,” Mills said.

Du Plessis said after his match-winning 66 from 49 balls in the first ODI that the moment was “gone and in the past”. — Sport24.

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